Are You Open to God’s Discipline in Your Life?
It’s a Daily Journey for Me to Stay Open and Obedient
by J.M. Troppello
Discipline is not a word you probably want to hear. Yet, as a Christian, God’s discipline is important to grow in your spiritual life. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always like being disciplined by God. But I know that discipline is so vital to my life as a Christian.
For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights. (Proverbs 3:12, NKJV)
God disciplines you because He loves you. This discipline is the same way that parents discipline their children. The bottom line is that you should welcome God’s discipline in your life if you want to grow in your Christian walk.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself to identify if you are open to God’s discipline in your life.
Do I heed God’s discipline in the moment, or do I ignore it?
How long does it take for me to listen to God’s discipline?
Do I avoid reading the Bible when I feel convicted by the Holy Spirit?
Do I avoid prayer time and worship time when I feel convicted?
Why do I hide from God when those feelings of conviction come?
Consider the following three ways to stay more open to God’s discipline in your life.
Staying humble is a huge way to remain more open to God’s discipline in your life. If you think you know it all and are prideful, you’ll likely fail (Proverbs 16:18). However, if you walk in humility, that means you are more focused on trusting God to guide your steps—and not doing it your way.
Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” (I Peter 5:5, NKJV)
It’s easier to accept God’s discipline in your life when you are living for Him in all that you do. Of course, no one is perfect. But, you can live moment by moment for the Lord when you are asking the Holy Spirit for help—and feeding your spirit daily and not your flesh. Continue in daily Bible reading, study, and application of God’s Word. Spend quality time with God in prayer. Immerse yourself in daily worship time with the Lord.
16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (Galatians 5:16-18, NKJV)
You can heed God’s discipline in your life when you are accountable to Him and have an accountability partner. My accountability partner is my husband, and I am his. We try to maintain open and honest communication with each other and check in to see how each other’s spiritual walk is going.
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:16, NKJV)
It’s important to have that accountability partner in your life, whom you trust (in a two-way street and they can trust you)—to help each other stay on the right pathway.
Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. (I Thess. 5:11, NKJV)
Accountability partners are not only there for you to discuss your sin and find ways to stop sinning. They are also there to encourage and edify you. Make sure you find someone who can share constructive advice but also freely encourages you to keep going in your walk with the Lord.
Continue on With a Kingdom Focus
Take one day at a time. Know that God’s grace is powerful. He can help you get back on the right track when you mess up. God loves you so much! Revel in that fact. He is not sitting up in Heaven waiting to hammer you to the ground when you mess up. He simply wants to have that open communication level with you.
24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. 26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. (Hebrews 10:24-27, NKJV)
This is a powerful passage of scripture. As Christians, you and I need to stir each other up into good works as we know Christ’s return is approaching. Just remember that God’s grace is real. However, that doesn’t give you a license to sin.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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